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With the advent (or surge in popularity) of cloud computing, our use of the so-called ‘computer operating system’ is coming into question. Given that the cloud exists on the back end to drive power to our ‘endpoint’ devices (in whatever form they may be) today, the way those devices h...
DevOps has quickly become the buzzword du jour for the software industry and promotes something that many developers and IT Administrators don’t enjoy: collaboration. According to Wikipedia, “DevOps acknowledges the interdependence of software development, quality assurance, and IT ope...
DoubleDown Interactive, a provider of online free-to-play casino games, needs to process huge amounts of streaming event data from their games and make that data rapidly available to data scientists and analysts. Hear how Amazon S3 and Snowflake’s Elastic Data Warehouse have made it po...
What winning sales organizations do to separate themselves from the competition by creating market advantage through improved user experiences and better information services. The next BriefingsDirect thought-leader interview focuses on what winning sales organizations do to separate...
One reason a lot of entrepreneurs flock to cloud-based services for their business is the cost. Native applications require licenses that are either too expensive or require elaborate set-up across all devices. In a recent article on the Entrepreneur, Bask Iyer, the CIO and Senior Vic...
I recently saw an unusual post online that caught my eye. It was a standard weather radar picture from a Wisconsin TV Station (WFRV-TV Ch. 5). In the image you can see a large green area that normally denotes rain. What particularly caught my eye was that this image labeled the large g...
It is critical to let the usage of cloud collaboration grow over time instead of migration in a swoop. This will give your employees sufficient time to evolve while ensuring your company is on the right path forward. A recent study published by Markets and Markets predicts the collabo...
You’ve got to test your website with mobile users even if you don’t have a mobile app or dedicated mobile presence. We see this in our discussions here at Neotys all the time: we’ll be asking someone about their mobile strategy and they’ll say, “Our mobile team does that.” Even if you ...
Major product cycle changes tend to come around roughly every five years or so. The technology industry is fond of labeling these movements as paradigm shifts, but we’ve all heard too many of those things referenced, so let’s not go there. Looking back over the last decade and the eme...
It’s enough to drive a regular IT market watcher to the point of despair. There has been a wide-ranging change in the way business operates driven by technology-driven transformation – could there ever be a more obvious statement to make, ever? The problem is how does it all work? T...
Need a crash course on what DevOps is, how to foster a collaborative environment, and how to measure the effectiveness? We created a DevOps course, which presents you with a series of interactive questions to test your knowledge. Having just viewed the course myself, I have to say i...
Software development can be an arduous endeavor with numerous steps spanning a few programmers to a couple hundred developers. And keeping that software running smoothly can be even more costly and time-consuming as a few features are added, bug fixes applied, or third party tools int...
As the Internet continues its rapid expansion, is it high time to move the world's data centers to Iceland? A place that can offer 100% renewable energy at a fixed, long-term power cost. At first glance it may seem an unusual proposition and difficult to imagine a Silicon Valley icon ...
Elasticsearch is booming. Together with Logstash, a tool for collecting and processing logs, and Kibana, a tool for searching and visualizing data in Elasticsearch (aka the “ELK” stack), adoption of Elasticsearch continues to grow by leaps and bounds. When it comes to actually using ...
Node.js and io.js are increasingly being used to run JavaScript on the server side for many types of applications, such as websites, real-time messaging and controllers for small devices with limited resources. For DevOps it is crucial to monitor the whole application stack and Node.js...
Healthcare providers continue to assume increasing amounts of risk in care delivery. This has major implications, not just for providers and patients, but also vendors in IT, diagnostics, therapeutics and devices. If providers assume risk, why shouldn’t their vendors? We're already se...
There is almost a deafening discussion going on about the self-centeredness of today’s young adults. Weather you call them Generation Y, millennials or twenty-somethings, the general refrain seems to be a perception that the entire lot of them only care about themselves. Patricia Gree...
Over on the other side of the fence IT ops are screaming at the various portfolio dev teams for releasing highly risky functionality way too frequently but since the Agile dev adoption production has only had a couple of low priority P4 incidents caused by bad code releases. Things mus...
Ninety percent of 18-34 year olds strongly value a personalized mobile and web experience, and eighty-two percent of of those over 45 years old value personalization. What kind of personalization? Forty-seven percent of shoppers prefer location or time-based personalization in mobile...
Enterprise organizations have long relied on traditional IT service management (ITSM) suites to manage and govern their data environments. However, cloud computing presents new management challenges: disparate data sets; highly volatile and transient data; and pricing complexity. This ...
Infrastructure and Operations Management may seem like just so many blinking lights in the back room, as parallel shadow projects are launched by department heads who can't wait on IT. Today, these shadow projects are more prevalent than ever as more non-tech managers look for easy acc...
Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) has come and gone, but it seems like just yesterday when colleagues, customers, partners and competitors converged in the always beautiful city of Barcelona as it played host to the annual event. Amid the tapas, jamón and sangria, amazing advances in te...
SYS-CON Events announced that Blue Box has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Blue Box delivers Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) to a worldwide customer base. Built on a t...
This week’s post is about the trials and tribulations of companies who make wearable applications – from fitness trackers to the nascent smartwatch market. They have a tough road ahead, and the competition is heating up. And everyone is talking about them. You may be thinking: what is ...
We spend a lot of time talking and writing about the IoT (Internet of Things) in the macro, as a giant worldwide network of objects and things, communicating with themselves and others. That is indeed interesting, but the most interesting components of the IoT, in my opinion, are the ...
The mantra of the day is – performance, performance, performance! It is clear that everything needs to be totally available all of the time, function at the fastest speeds and performance as close to perfect as is possible. In all the business discussions swirling around us we hear the...
Once upon a time, farmers would walk through a field or ride a horse around it to determine the amount of fertilizer and water their crops required. I have done this myself. Today agricultural drones with sensors and analysis software can fly over large fields and analyze the crops a...
As more applications are needed to run those Things, traditional infrastructure concerns like scale and reliability will become paramount. Additional challenges with identity and access, improving the user experience, and the need for faster provisioning of services could overwhelm IT ...
For those of us who know how fax technology evolved and reached a stage where it completely transformed communications, we know fax played a key role in the growth we have seen in the last 50 years. No fax, no cross border trade, no communications, no way to make things faster, better ...
For those of you using Cassandra or considering it, we’ve got another Sematext user’s Planet Cassandra case study for your reading pleasure. In this Q&A/use case, Alain Rodriguez, main Data Architect for Teads.tv, talks about the business and technical needs that drove their decision ...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jeff Sussna, Founder of Ingineering.IT. We discuss the parallels between LeanUX and DevOps, identifying how each can benefit from the other's methodologies. LeanUX uses nimble processes to create a digital experience designed for the end user, whil...
One of the most famous quotes of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is “Your Margin is My Opportunity”. This illustrates nicely how in the world of Amazon (and in the words of UK’s pop idol Jessie J*): “It’s not about the money³, we do not need your money³, we just wanna make the world dance!” In ...
There’s been a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of smart meters. On one hand, there are those that see this technology as intrusive and expensive with an unproven value. While others embrace the ongoing utility industry transformation and realize how smart meters can play a ke...
If you’ve been paying close attention lately you’ll know that the “Internet of Things” has become one of the technology industry’s biggest buzz phrases. It’s not hard to figure why. The internet has been around for the last twenty years and it has truly revolutionized our lives, the wa...
In recent years, the US government has become a leading advocate for continuous monitoring of security threats and vulnerabilities. But how effectively are departments and agencies in implementing these programs? And how do we measure success? Moving Towards Continuous Monitoring Tho...
A lot is written on mobile technologies, the Internet of Things, social media and analytics, but little is written on how all these might work together in a retail environment. I think best by writing, so let's think this through together. Blind spots are defined as, "Areas where a p...
Google, with one fell swoop, changed their search algorithm and changing the lives (and livelihoods) of billions. Enter Mobilegeddon. With smartphones becoming as ubiquitous as ever, people are increasingly using them for tasks that they used to do on their PCs, like search. And just ...
As an engineer who started my career working on real-time embedded systems for industrial automation, I can tell you what a Herculean task it can be to get a tiny piece of hardware to run very sophisticated software on comparatively low spec CPU. All the while having it execute quickly...
Just to be clear, no enterprise, no matter how large, has all the capabilities in house to bring a complex IoT product or service to market without some outside help along the way. Take Nexia, an IoT service for running your connected home. Creating this offering required a number of s...
INFOTEC in Mexico City improve its service desk and monitoring operations and enjoys impressive results - an incident reduction of more than 20 percent - from those efforts. INFOTEC needed to react better to systems failures, to significantly reduce the time to repair, and to learn fr...